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Principal Investigator

Sarah Hamer

Sarah Hamer

Assistant Professor (Principal Investigator)

Associate Wildlife Biologist ®

DVM, Michigan State University, 2011
PhD, Michigan State University, 2010, Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
MS, University of Illinois, 2003, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
BS, University of Illinois, 2001, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

I am a veterinary ecologist and Associate Wildlife Biologist ® specializing in wildlife and zoonotic disease ecology and epidemiology.  My research originates at the intersection of ecology, epidemiology, and conservation, and encompasses diverse taxa (bacteria, ticks, mosquitoes, birds, mice, dogs, humans, and more).  Given the emergence of pathogens shared by humans and animals, this is an important time to utilize multidisciplinary tools to improve human, animal, and ecosystem health.

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Research Assistant

Lisa Auckland

Lisa Auckland

Lab Manager

lauckland@cvm.tamu.edu

979-458-4924

Research Assistant in Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Research Assistant in Department of Entomology (Gabe Hamer's Lab)



Graduate Students

Miranda Bertram

Miranda Bertram DVM

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology Emphasis)

mbertram@cvm.tamu.edu

979-458-4924

CVM Merit Fellow in Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences

Dissertation: Whooping crane conservation medicine
Rachel Curtis

Rachel Curtis

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology Emphasis)

rcurtis@cvm.tamu.edu

979-458-4924

CVM Merit Fellow in Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Dissertation: Chagas disease ecology and epidemiology

Carolyn Hodo

Carolyn Hodo DVM DACVP

PhD Student (Veterinary Pathobiology)

chodo@cvm.tamu.edu

979-458-4924

CVM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Recipient 2013
NIH T32 Research Fellow 2014-2017

Dissertation: Parasitic coinfections and Chagas disease reservoirs

Nuray Aydin

Nuray Aydin

MS Student (Veterinary Public Health-Epidemiology)

NAydin@cvm.tamu.edu


Fellowship from the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education




Veterinary Student Researchers

Nicole Bertolini

Nicole Bertolini

DVM Student Researcher

Summer research project: Chagas disease ecology at nonhuman primate facilities
Chloe Goodwin

Chloe Goodwin

DVM Student Researcher

Summer research project: Migratory bat reservoirs of trypanosomes
Jessica Noll

Jessica Noll

Visiting Summer Undergrad Researcher, pre-vet

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program




Master of Public Health Researchers

Italo Zecca

Italo Zecca

MPH student (McAllen campus)

Practicum topic: Chagas disease in the colonias.

Valery Roman-Cruz

Valery Roman-Cruz

MPH student.

Chagas disease research asssistant

Non-Thesis Graduate Students

Chelsea Young

Chelsea Young

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health

Undergraduate Students

Amani Bourji

Chagas disease research assistant

Angela Atkins

Crane research assistant

Previous Lab Members

Previous Graduate Students

Jaime Rodriguez

Jaime Rodriguez

MS Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2014. Co-advised by Dr. Jessica Light.

Currently MD student at UT-Southwestern

TAMU Diversity Fellow

Lowell Pigott

Lowell Pigott

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health, 2014

Currently DVM Student at Western University of Health Sciences.

Katlyn Rosenbaum

Katlyn Rosenbaum

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health

Currently DVM student at Texas A&M University

Previous Veterinary and Public Health Students

Trevor Tenney

Trevor Tenney

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program (Summer 2013)

Katlin Johnson

Katlin Johnson

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program (Summer 2013)

Juliette Comeaux

Juliette Comeaux

DVM Student Researcher

Research project: Trypanosoma cruzi in feral swine

Alan Mai

Alan Mai

MPH student

Practicum topic: Blood meal analysis of kissing bugs.

Previous Undergraduates

Matthew Olcha

VIBS 485, Spring 2013. Project: Coccidia in whooping cranes. Currently DVM Student at Kansas State University.

Tyler Smith

Intern in Forensics program, Spring 2013. Project: Coccidia in whooping cranes. Currently pre-medical student at TAMU.

Adrian Castellanos

Undergraduate researcher, 2012-2013. Project: Local assessment of small mammals, ticks, and tick-borne pathogens. Currently PhD student in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at TAMU.

Frida Cano

Undergraduate researcher 2013-2014. Project: Vector-borne disease in shelter dogs.

Zeb Thomas

Undergraduate researcher 2013-2014. Project: Vector-borne disease in shelter dogs.

Erica Holcomb

Undergraduate researcher 2013-2014. Project: Kissing bugs and Chagas disease.

Sarah Noe

Undergraduate researcher 2013-2014. Project: Kissing bugs and Chagas disease.

Katelyn Wagner

Visiting Undergraduate Fellow Summer 2013

Dr. Marvin Hensley Endowed Scholarship, Department of Zoology, Michigan State University

Michael Sanders

Undergraduate researcher 2013-2014. Project: Kissing bugs and Chagas disease.

Ryan Pugh

Undergraduate hourly worker. Project: Kissing bugs and Chagas disease

Taylor Hollmann

Volunteer. Project: Kissing bugs and Chagas disease.

Lauren Russell

GENE 491 Research Student. Project: Exploring ticks and tick-borne pathogens in feral swine

Chris Beck

Undergraduate hourly worker. Project: Exploring hemoparasites in whooping and sandhill cranes

Connor Grantham

Chagas disease research assistant

Faith Weeks

Chagas disease research assistant